AUSTIN, Texas -- If anyone had heard Texas coach Mack Brown say "It should have been out of hand at halftime" after Saturday's game against UCLA, most would have figured he was chastising his team for a lackluster win over a 1-2 opponent from the Pac-10.
But he said it, and he said it in regard to his own team's deficit after it turned the ball over four times in the opening half and lost 34-12 to the 16-point underdog Bruins. The loss halts any hopes the young Longhorns had of making a repeat trip to the national title game.
Brown said his team prepared well. The defeat shocked him. His players said the same thing.
"I'm very upset. Being here at the University of Texas, we're demanding to win. We're coming in to win every game," junior cornerback Aaron Williams said. "Since I've been here, I've never had a loss at home or a loss that bad before. The expectations here are so high; having a loss like this, I'm really angry inside."
Said safety Blake Gideon: "We didn't come to Texas to lose, and lose like this especially."
But the Longhorns did. Now the task lies in fixing whatever went wrong, the details of which eluded Brown on Saturday night. The turnovers were obvious, but he liked the week of practice he had gotten from his team and its attitude entering Saturday.
"Just like after a win, it's the 24-hour rule," defensive lineman Sam Acho said. "You look at the tape and get better. Go back to work, regroup and get a good week to prepare."
The Longhorns may not know exactly how to fix the problems that arose against UCLA, but they do know this: They have to do it fast with a top-10, 4-0 Oklahoma team showing up to Dallas for the annual Red River Rivalry on Saturday.
"We've just got to go back and rally the troops," defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said.